If there was ever a cookie that screamed Christmas, it’s these Eggnog Frosted Chai Snickerdoodle Snowmen.
Happy (Christmas) Cookie Friday!
I’m pretty excited the weekend is here. I have grand plans of doing some serious online Christmas shopping (I am horribly behind and stressing about how close Christmas is…yikes!), and having a “Christmas day” with Asher on Sunday. She is the cutest, and she text me on Wednesday night asking when we could have our annual Christmas day. Obviously, I can’t let being busy, and the hustle that comes with the end of the year, come between spending time with this girl, so Sunday afternoon it is!
Pretty excited. Asher want’s to make homemade lotions and sugar scrubs, decorate cookies, and watch Christmas movies. Anything else we need to add to out list? Would love to know what holiday things you guys love doing.
I’ll be spending a good part of Saturday over in Breckenridge watching my younger brother Red compete in the 2017 Dew Tour Men’s Slopestyle finals. It’s a pretty big competition, as it’s one of the last Olympic qualifiers. He’s currently the youngest rider competing, he qualified in first for the US team and second overall. To say that I am a little proud would be an understatement. I don’t even care how he does tomorrow, just so happy and excited for this kid. Only seventeen and living his life to its best.
Since we have so many things to celebrate today, I thought we would talk cookies!
Tis the season, right!?!
Guys…these snickerdoodles? They are extra special snickerdoodles.
Say hello to eggnog frosted, chai scented, snickerdoodle SNOWMEN.
Side Note: please excuse all the shouting in today’s post. I am just way too excited.
Oh these cookies. If Christmas had a cookie, I do think these would be it. Okay, maybe they would be reindeer or santa cookies? If I had the skills I would have attempted those instead of snowmen, but straight up? I am not the cookie decorator type. Snowmen are my kind of thing, and you know what? I think they’re pretty freaking cute.
The bestest part? Aside from taste of course? These snowmen are EASY. I’m talking no rolling out dough, no weird food dyes, no fancy (and tasteless) frosting, no dough chilling, no special tools, no hair pulling, and no tears.
Nope, none of that. Just cute, yummy, delicious cookies.
The cookie base is pretty simple. I like to use a little cream cheese in my dough to keep the snickerdoodles extra soft and extra doughy. I rolled each dough ball in my homemade chai sugar and then simply placed one smaller dough ball on top of a larger one to create a snowman. Yes, just one on top of the other.
Again, nothing fancy or complicated here.
I frosted each cookie with eggnog buttercream and decorated with Reese’s and chocolate…so all the yummy things.
For the snowman’s hat, I used half of a mini Reese’s and then crushed Reese’s Pieces for his nose. I built his buttons out of chocolate and used a little red sanding sugar for his scarf.
I finished each cookie with a sprinkle more of chai sugar and done.
Simple, fun, and delicious. The way all cookies should be.
Also, the combo of chai sugar on the cookies, plus eggnog in the frosting? THE BEST.
These are the perfect cookie to bake with friends, family, young kids, anyone really. Everyone has fun making them and putting their own personal touches on their snowman.
Planning to surprise Asher with these on Sunday as part of our Christmas day. She has been begging me to make snowman cookies all month long. Actually, she has been begging me to make snowman cookies since October, so I know that she is going to LOVE these and have fun decorating them…and then eating them…along with a mug of hot cocoa while watching The Santa Clause (our favorite). Sounds perfect, right?
It will be!
Eggnog Frosted Chai Snickerdoodle Snowmen
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 328 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, at room temperature
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Mini Reese's, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, and melted chocolate, for decorating
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon all-spice
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter
- 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 2-4 tablespoons eggnog
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. 3. Using an electric mixer, in a large bowl beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just fully combined.4. To make the chai spice sugar. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, all-spice, and cardamom.5. Roll the dough into two sizes of balls. 16 (1 1/2 inch, about 1 tablespoon) size balls, and 16 (3/4 inch, about 2 teaspoons) size balls. Then generously roll through the chai sugar. 6. To make the snowmen, place 1 smaller baller and 1 larger ball together with the edges touching on the prepared baking sheet, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart. Repeat with the remaining dough balls. Transfer to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are just starting to set around the edges. Let cool completely. 7. To make the frosting, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggnog and nutmeg, beat to combine. 8. To frost the cooled cookies. Place half a mini Reese's atop the snowman's head. Decorate as desired with candies and melted chocolate.
Best snickerdoodle cookies. Ever.
If I’m using unsalted butter, how much salt should I add to the mix? Thank you! Happy Holidays <3
HI! I would recommend adding 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan
These are amazing. I plan to make them for a cookie swap in the next couple of days. What did you put on the plate to make it look like snow?
HI! I use Maldon flaky sea salt for the “snow”. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan ?
Hi!! I really want to make these for a cookie bake off!! But the bake off is Thursday and we’ll theres NO time during the week! Do these freeze well? Any suggestion for making them last from a Sunday to a Thursday??
Hey Nicole, the cookies will freeze really great! You can bake, then freeze, then thaw overnight on the counter. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan ?
My husband (who is not a cookie person) declared these to be the best cookies I’ve ever made, and that if I insist on making holiday cookies, these must be it. They are delicious!
That is so amazing! I am so glad you and your husband loved these Karissa! Thank you!
Hi- These are so cute! I want to make them for an upcoming cookie swap- but how long can you keep them in an air tight container?
HI! These keep well for up to 3 days. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan
I made these this year and everyone LOVED them! They have been added to my Christmas cookie list.
Perfect! Thanks Laura!
Hello,Especially the ones where you’re giving a lecture? I would gladly pay a fee to watch or tune it at a specific time if there was the option!!!
These look delicious! Any idea how long they will keep for? Debating when to make them for Christmas. 🙂
They stay fresh for up to 2 days! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂
Oh my. These are the cutest cookies ever. I’m not great when it comes to decorating cookies but your recipe looks simple and doable and I love how each snowman isn’t exactly the same but unique looking in their own special way. So ADORABLE.
Thank you April! I am so glad you like these cookies and hope they turn out great for you!
Those are the cutest Christmas treats!
Thank you Matt!
These are adorable!!!!
Thank you Jennifer!
I thought I had chosen my holiday cookies to bake until I saw this one, its too delightful not to include! Thank you, how irresistible these look!
Awh I am so glad you like these! Thank you!
Hi, are these adjusted for high altitude baking? I just moved to CO and am having a hard time adjusting my baking to the altitude. Since you live at altitude I was curious if all your recipes are adjusted to reflect any special considerations there. Thanks!
HI! I don’t typically adjust for the altitude as I find it always gives me a dry baked good. My one secret is to underbake everything. If you bake these for the allowed time in the recipe (8-10 minutes), I think they will be great! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂
These are absolutely stunning! I’m in awe.
Thank you Jennifer!
So cute! Love those Reese’s Peanut butter hats!
Thank you Leigh Ann!